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Lauca National Park: Fact file

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When to go

Most rain falls in the park in the summer, Jan - Mar, when it can be muddy but there is still plenty of sun.

Language

Spanish.

Getting local currency

Chilean Peso. Bring your local currency needs from a large town, where notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows.

Time difference

GMT -4 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, from Sep-Oct to early Mar.

Getting there

The park is located on the road between Arica on the Pacific coast and La Paz, Bolivia, high on the Andean altiplano. It’s a 3 hour drive from Arica.

Combines with

Arica, Pacific port and beach resort on the border close to the border with Peru, (3 hours by road); La Paz, capital of Bolivia, 306 km (4 hours 40mins); La Serena and the Elqui Valley, 1,240 km; San Pedro de Atacama, base for visits to the desert, 800 km.

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